Gov. Snyder orders flags lowered after Florida, Michigan deaths

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Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff for more than a week for victims of the mass shooting in Florida and bicyclists who died in southwestern Michigan.

In a statement Monday, Snyder says: "Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives and for their loved ones who are grieving."

The lowering for those in Florida is through Thursday and follows President Barack Obama's call for lowering of U.S. flags. Snyder says the additional days through June 21 are for the cyclists killed last week when they were hit by a pickup truck near Kalamazoo.

50 people were killed in an Orlando nightclub Sunday morning and another 53 were critically injured. The mass casualty shooting is the deadliest in United States history.

The bicyclists were part of a group that called themselves "The Chain Gang." The 50-year-old driver of the pickup is charged with second-degree murder and other crimes. Four other bicyclists suffered serious injuries in the crash.